Liberal arts online, March 9, 2012

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The Liberal Arts Online: an ACS Blended Learning Webinar
Dr. Rebecca Frost Davis, Program Officer for the Humanities, National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE)

Improving technology, changing students, challenging finances, and alternative credentialing sources have all combined to create an online learning boom in higher education. For liberal arts colleges, online learning promises to enhance the curriculum by moving some tasks online to allow for more active learning face-to-face, increasing student time on task, connecting study abroad or internship students back to campus, adding curricular resources, or expanding access to liberal education. Whatever the motivation for considering online learning, liberal arts colleges are forging new ground in bringing the liberal arts educational model--highly interactive, close work between students and faculty--into an online context. This seminar will explore a variety of models for using technology to fulfill the essential learning outcomes of liberal education and suggest ways faculty might enhance their courses with online teaching.

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  • Explosion of data -- Google’s former CEO, Eric Schmidt, says that every 2 days we create the same amount of information as we created from the dawn of civilization to 2003. I found an interesting analysis of this quote, but regardless of the exact numbers, the general trend is very clear.Exponential advances in computation storage and bandwidth: These shifts have led to cloud computing, GPU’s (graphics processors), machine learning that automatically processes vast amounts of content and usage patterns. Large-scale, deeply-connected problems. Grand challenges require an interdisciplinary, socio-technical (human process and technology) approach. As solutions are implemented, they change the problem.Ken O’Donnell, Associate Dean, Office of the Chancellor, California State University

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  • 1. What is online learning?Type your answer in the chat room.
  • 2. Liberal Arts OnlineAn ACS Blended Learning Webinar Rebecca Frost Davis March 9, 2012
  • 3. The Faculty Project http://facultyproject.com/“Free Courses, Elite Colleges”, Inside Higher Ed
  • 4. Tracking Trends in Higher Ed• Calls for Efficiency• MOOCs: Massive Open Online Courses• DIYU—Anya Kamenetz• Open Educational Resources• Alternative credentials• Hybrid teaching• Flipped Classroom
  • 5. What’s Missing?
  • 6. Study of Online Learning“most professors relied on text-basedassignments and materials. In the instanceswhen professors did decide to use interactivetools like online video, many of thosetechnologies were not connected to learningobjectives, the study found.” ---“Study Suggests Many Professors Use Interactive Tools Ineffectively in Online Courses”
  • 7. Are there approaches to onlinelearning that fit liberal arts colleges? How do we implement liberal education in an online environment?
  • 8. Why go online?• Pressures – New technologies & student expectations – Challenging finances – Business models under threat – Alternative credentialing models
  • 9. Opportunities• Connecting students back to campus• Free up curricular resources• Expand the curriculum – Sunoikisis: http://www.sunoikisis.org• 5 Private Liberal-Arts Colleges Will Share a Professor
  • 10. What do you do online? (for teaching and learning)
  • 11. Distance Education“Distance education or distance learning, is afield of education that focuses on teachingmethods and technology with the aim ofdelivering teaching, often on an individual basis,to students who are not physically present in atraditional educational setting such as aclassroom.” --Wikipedia definition for distance education
  • 12. Looking for Whitman in . . .• New York City College of Technology (CUNY)• New York University• University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA• Rutgers University-Camden• University of Novi Sad (Serbia)
  • 13. http://lookingforwhitman.org• Personal student blogs• Aggregation via tags and news feeds
  • 14. Frontispiece ProjectStudents choosefrontispiece (inspired bythe famous 1855frontispiece fromWhitman’s Leaves ofGrass) along with a quotefrom “Song of Myself”
  • 15. AnnotationProject• Each campus focuses on one set of writings connected to their place• Contributes to larger project
  • 16. Find out More• http://bavatuesdays.com/looking-for- whitman-a-grand-aggregated-experiment/• http://mkgold.net/blog/tag/lookingforwhitma n/• Matt Gold. “Looking for Whitman: A Multi- Campus Experiment in Digital Pedagogy.”Teaching Digital Humanities, ed. Brett D. Hirsch. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, Forthcoming.
  • 17. Networked World• John Seely Brown, NITLE Fellow 2011 – Explosion of data – Exponential advances in computation storage and bandwidth – Large-scale, deeply-connected problems• Ken O’Donnell – Assoc. Dean, Office of the Chancellor, California State University, Opening Forum, AAC&U – Produce systems thinkers that innovate – Teach ability to work in a team structure
  • 18. Networked Learning• Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age.” elearnspace, December 12, 2004.• Cathy Davidson and David Goldberg, Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age – Participatory learning• Distributed team• Active and collaborative learning
  • 19. Place-based, Networked LearningACS courses built on this model?
  • 20. Bryn Mawr College• Blended learning: courses in which students both participate in face-to-face classes and work through computer-based, interactive tutorials and quizzes that provide customized learning and instant feedback• Spiro, Lisa. Blended Learning and the Open Learning Initiative in a Liberal Arts Context: Bryn Mawr’s Next Generation Learning Challenge Grant. New Learning Resources, a NITLE Initiative, December 23, 2011.
  • 21. Hybrid Learning• Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative• Kolowich, Steve. “Hybrid Education 2.0.” Inside Higher Ed, December 28, 2009.• Department of Education, Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning : A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies
  • 22. OpenLearningInitiativeChemistryModule
  • 23. Open Learning Resources• Kahn Academy: www.khanacademy.org/• Codeacademy.com
  • 24. Blended LearningDo you use or know of open learning resources?
  • 25. Global Learning• Re-envisioning Diasporas at Swarthmore College and Asheshi University in Ghana
  • 26. SUNY-COIL• SUNY Center for Online International Collaborative Learning (COIL)• http://coilcenter.purchase.edu/• Globally Networked Learning• Faculty Guide for COIL Course Development
  • 27. Challenges• Technology – “minding and living with the gap” – “No-Frustration policy”• Logistics – Time differences – Cultural expectations
  • 28. Globally Networked Learning Examples or ideas for the ACS?
  • 29. Designing the Liberal Arts Online• University of Mary Washington Online Learning Initiative• Steven Greenlaw, Acting Director, University Teaching Center, & Professor of Economics – Goals – Activities – Tools – Context
  • 30. Define liberal arts values What are they for you?
  • 31. Online Course Design Process1. Define liberal arts values2. Develop process to ensure values are integrated3. Faculty development: thinking about teaching and learning
  • 32. NITLE Symposium• April 16 - 17, in Arlington, Virginia• Sunoikisis• Bryn Mawr, Next Generation Learning Challenges• Mary Washington, Liberal Arts Online• SUNY-COIL
  • 33. New Terms for Online Learning• Place-based, Networked Learning• Blended Learning (aka Hybrid Learning)• Open Educational Resources (OER)• Digital Humanities• Globally Networked Learning• Learning• Liberal Education